He Wanted the Moon

He Wanted the Moon

The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him

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Texas born and Harvard educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his ground-breaking experiments were published, Dr. Baird had been institutionalised multiple times, his medical license revoked, and his wife and daughters estranged. He later received a lobotomy and died from a consequent seizure, his research incomplete, his achievements unrecognised. Fifty years after being told her father would forever be 'ill' and 'away', Mimi Baird set off on a quest to piece together the memoir and the man. This is the result. --Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780804137478
Branch Call Number: 616.8950092 B1636B
Characteristics: 1 volume
Additional Contributors: Claxton, Eve


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May 31, 2015

This book is really a labor of love. Mimi Beard who missed a father in her life has painstakingly pieced it together in a tribute to his surviving manic-depressive illness and his attempts as a doctor to find a cure. At times the account is heart-rending and the only redeeming feature is that the treatment meted out to the ill patients is now nowhere near what it was in Dr. Baird's days. However the wall that stands between the mentally ill and the rest of the world still stands. Bipolar Disorder is indeed a hard cross to bear and the stigma attached to it makes it doubly so.Hopefully Mimi Baird's story of her father will alleviate the suffering in a small way at least.

ijs111 Apr 16, 2015

This is a fabulous book-- fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. I recommend it to anyone interested in mental illness, social stigma, and/or family systems.


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